Slash Report is reporting that Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy is in development at Netflix. It has previously been reported that The Exorcist showrunner, Jeremy Slater, worked on the script with Way and was shopping the pilot around to different networks, including Netflix. According to Slater, the pilot is weird as shit, saying
I definitely wrote the pilot for The Umbrella Academy. I think it's really exciting. I think it's really surprising and funny. I took the job because I'm such an immense fan of what Gerard [Way] and Gabriel [Ba] did with that book. It's one of those things where I would rather be the guy to screw it up than sit back and let someone else come in and do the bad adaptation. So, I was really adamant about taking the job, but the only way I was going to do it was if I could make it weird and make it true to the spirit of the book. There's a lot of weird shit in The Umbrella Academy, and it would be very easy to sand down some of those weird edges and make it more familiar to American audiences. I'm fighting very hard to not let that happen. We're shopping around the pilot, at the moment. We're trying to find the right home for it and trying to find someone as excited as we are.
The Umbrella Academy take's place in an alternate 1977 where JFK was never assassinated and is about a dysfunctional family of superheroes. While it was Way's first step into the world of comics, it wasn't his last. Last year, Way helped to co-found DC's Young Animal line where he currently writes Doom Patrol which is also weird as shit as per Doom Patrol tradition.
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